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Lenten Devotions for 2013 Follow Christ through Luke's Gospel

Lutheran Hour Ministries' Lenten Devotions, From the Cradle to the Empty Grave, reflect on Christ's redemptive work and sacrifice, as detailed in the Gospel of Luke. These insightful and thought-provoking meditations are ideal for pastors, teachers, Bible students, and church-event planners, as they share the Good News in brief, easy-to-read meditations that are perfect for beginning -- or finishing one's day.

Penned by LHM's Theological Editor and Writer Wayne Palmer, these devotions follow the Advent Devotions, Christmas Memories, which he wrote for the 2012 Advent season. "When we left the Christmas story Jesus was with Mary and Joseph in the town of Nazareth. Now we pick up Jesus' story with one last recollection of His childhood; then we move on to the man Jesus. Along the way, we will unfold all the reasons Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the first place, as He fulfills His destiny, making His way to the cross and empty tomb," according to Palmer.

In Luke we get the Savior grappling with the enormity of what lay before Him. "We see the intensity of Jesus' struggle as Luke the physician writes, 'His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.' Tiny blood vessels under the skin can rupture under extreme stress, permitting blood to mingle with the sweat. The struggle lasts for hours before Jesus is finally at peace. He rises to His feet, ready to drink the cup down to its dregs," Palmer said.

Available to read online or to hear as a podcast, From the Cradle to the Empty Grave can be received as an e-mail subscription throughout the Lenten season. It will be available for download beginning January 1, and the audio version will begin February 13. The details can be found at www.lentendevotions.net. Also available online at www.paraelcamino.com/cuaresma will be LHM's 2013 Lenten Devotions in Spanish, written by Rev. Héctor Hoppe and entitled Allí me verán (You Will See Me There).

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